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Popular Indian Dessert—Low Calorie Gaajar Ka Halwa/ Carrot Dessert

Chitrangada has nutrition in mind when cooking for her family. Making tasty nutritious food is a skill she has perfected over the years.

Quotes:

There is only one difference between a long life and a good dinner: that, in the dinner, the sweets come last.

---Robert Louis Stevenson

Please rate my Carrot dessert or Gajaar ka halwa recipe.

Carrot halwa or the popular Gazar ka halwa

Carrot halwa or the popular Gazar ka halwa

Gaajar ka halwa : A popular Indian dessert, suitable for winter season.

Anyone, who has been to India, must have heard about this delicious recipe or sweet dish. It is one of the most popular Indian Desert. It’s simple to prepare and so delicious and nutritious. It is served as a dessert at festivals, weddings, parties and just any kind of celebrations.

Although, carrots can be found all round the year, but winter carrots are the most juicy and sweet.

The uniqueness of the dessert, is that it is served hot and secondly, although being a dessert, it can be prepared without adding any sugar, due to the natural sweetness of the carrots.

As such, it can be safely consumed by diabetic people too, or any other calorie conscious people.

You can Prepare it, as a low calorie dessert:

Normally at festivals, a good amount of pure ghee and khoya or thickened milk, is added to the gaajar halwa, which definitely makes it a very rich and high calorie food.

This of course tastes delicious, but here I have not used much ghee and no khoya at all, to keep the recipe low in calorie and high in nutrition.

Health Benefits of Carrots:

We all know the health benefits of carrots. It is rich in Vitamin A, which is good for the eyesight, and it also has fibre and antioxidants, such as Beta Carotene.

Therefore, it is easier to feed this dessert to the children, for their nutritional requirements, by means of this healthy dish, which they like very much.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

1 hour

1 hour 15 min

4

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams. Fresh carrots, grated
  • 1 litre milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons pure ghee or unsalted butter or refined cooking oil
  • 10 almonds, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • 4-5 green cardamoms, powdered
  • 1 sheet silver foil, optional
  • 10 cashew nuts, broken into two
  • Lots of LOVE and Patience
Grated Carrot

Grated Carrot

Gajar ka halwa being cooked in milk

Gajar ka halwa being cooked in milk

Preparations and the Instructions:

  1. Select the carrots carefully. The ones which are firm, smooth, bright in their orange colour and are generally straight. They should not be cracked or broken. Their heads should be intact and leafy. Wash the carrots thoroughly, then grate them. Assemble the dried fruits and powder the green cardamom.
  2. Place one deep, thick bottomed pan of at least 2 to 3 liters capacity, on medium flame. Pour the milk into the pan and bring it to boil. Normally full cream milk is used to make this recipe, but I have used double toned or low fat milk here. Add grated carrots and reduce the flame to minimum heat.
  3. Let the mixture cook on low flame, till the whole milk is reduced or evaporated. Keep on stirring occasionally. Add sugar and pure ghee or any refined cooking oil. You will find that the mixture gets a gloss. Keep on stirring the entire mixture.
  4. Add the raisins, cashew nuts, almonds and the green cardamom powder. Keep turning the mixture for another 5 minutes. Decorate with lightly fried almonds and silver foil( optional). Serve hot.
  5. This recipe is best prepared on low flame. This will bring out the nice, glossy texture, which will not happen, if cooked on a fast cooking mode such as the Microwave or Pressure cooker.
Fresh carrots

Fresh carrots

Some interesting facts about the carrots:

  1. Carrots were grown for medicinal purposes earlier, for it’s rich nutritional value.
  2. Through historical documents and the paintings, it is believed that carrots originated some 5000 years ago.
  3. When we think of carrots, an orange colour appears in mind. But carrots are white, red, yellow and even purple.
  4. Carrots are an excellent source of Vitamin A. It can provide 200% of your daily requirement of this vital Vitamin.
  5. The deeper orange colour means, more of beta-carotene it contains.
Carrot halwa or Gazar ka halwa: A mouth watering Indian Dessert!

Carrot halwa or Gazar ka halwa: A mouth watering Indian Dessert!

The health benefits of carrots

We all know about the many health benefits of carrots.

  • It contains high amount of Vitamin A and C and dietary fibre.
  • Carrots are low in calories and beneficial for the eye health
  • Carrots can be consumed in many ways, such as juice, soup, salads etc.
  • It is advisible to include carrots, in the daily diet of the growing children.
  • Children love the taste of carrot halwa and what better way to feed them the healthy carrots in this way!
  • Another way to include carrots in the diet is in the carrot cake. Grated carrots can be added along with some cinnamon powder to bake a wonderful, nutritious and aromatic cake.

Carrot halwa recipe, source: YouTube

© 2013 Chitrangada Sharan

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 28, 2015:

Thank you Dianna, for your kind visit and comments!

Carrot is so versatile and nutritious and this is the season of those sweet juicy carrots. I use it almost in every meal nowadays.

I am sure you would like this low calorie version of carrot halwa.

I am fine and gearing up to welcome the New Year with family and friends. Thank you and a very Happy and Prosperous New Year to you and your family!

Dianna Mendez on December 28, 2015:

I love the ingredients in this recipe. I have been using carrots more these days and will add this suggestion to my list of "must-try". Hope all is well in your world today, dear lady.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 21, 2013:

Thanks Kathryn Stratford, for visiting this hub and your appreciative comments.

This is a very popular recipe in India. I love carrot salads. Hope you would love carrot halwa as well.

Thanks and have a great day!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on April 21, 2013:

This looks delicious! I just made a carrot salad the other day, with raisins, but this is different than any I've tried. I will keep this in mind for later, because it looks decadent, and I love carrots.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 03, 2013:

I am so glad, this recipe reminded you about your parents. This means a lot to me. Thanks for your lovely comment.

visionandfocus from North York, Canada on February 02, 2013:

Gajar halwa is my dad's favourite mitai! When I was living in England, I would always stop by at Ambala's to buy him some when I went home for the holidays. I must copy this recipe and e-mail it to my mom.

Thanks for sharing! Voted up and awesome!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 30, 2013:

Thanks DDE, for your comments. I am glad you liked it.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 30, 2013:

Sounds a lovely treat and is a great idea and a bit different with the addition of carrots.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 25, 2013:

Thanks Nell Rose, for visiting and your appreciative comments. It is always a pleasure to hear from you.

Nell Rose from England on January 25, 2013:

Sounds absolutely delicious, and very healthy too, I will have to try it, as I love carrots! thanks, nell

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 22, 2013:

Thanks ayusl, for your visit and feedback.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 22, 2013:

Thanks unknown spy for your visit and comment.

ayusl on January 22, 2013:

It's delicious. I enjoyed it when I was in India.

Life Under Construction from Neverland on January 22, 2013:

thanks for sharing this recipe chit.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 11, 2013:

Thanks MsDora, for your visit and comments.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 11, 2013:

Thanks DDE, for your kind comments.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 10, 2013:

Sounds simple enough. Thanks for giving us another easy recipe to try.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 10, 2013:

Sounds a lovely treat thanks for sharing

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 08, 2013:

Thanks sgbrown, for your visit and support. I am pleased you liked the recipe. Thanks for voting up.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on January 08, 2013:

This sounds delicious! I love carrots, raisins and nuts, how could I not love this! Definitely a must try! Voting this up and useful! Thank you for sharing your recipe. :)

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 07, 2013:

Thanks aviannovice, for your visit and support.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 07, 2013:

Thanks Seeker7, for your visit and appreciation. I am sure you would love it and make it again and again. Thanks for voting up.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on January 06, 2013:

This sure looks like a winner to me. Keep 'em coming!

Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on January 06, 2013:

Oh what a lovely recipe! I love carrots but I also love almmonds, cashews and raisins and they are all included in this wonderful recipe! It's the first time I've heard of this dessert but it sounds delicious and I'll have to have a go at making it. Also, as you say, there is a lot of nutrition in this dish as well!

Fabulous hub and wonderful recipe - voted up + shared!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 06, 2013:

Thanks mr-veg, for your visit and comments. I am sure it will taste very fine with Gud too.

mr-veg from Colorado United States on January 05, 2013:

Nice recipe, one of my favorites. I have also made gajar halwa in different ways, one of them is to use Gud or jaggery instead of milk ...